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#1 PotomacBassin

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Posted February 07 2013 - 08:01 AM

Does anyone else use cheap line to fill 1/4-1/2 of your spool before spooling on your main (more expensive line)? I don't see many people talk about this on here, but I buy some cheap mono (in my case BPS XPS mono) and I use this to fill half my spool before I spool my braid or fluorocarbon on.  With the cost of braid and especially FC these days, I feel like this saves me a ton of money in the long run. I've done this for years and I've never had a fish run on me enough to pull out some of the cheap line.  Just wondering how many other people do this or does everyone think this is just a waste of time with tying all the connection knots.



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Posted February 07 2013 - 08:24 AM

Yes, I do. I haven't had a problem with the knots when I set the hook.

 

Although many people prefer to put a just few feet of leader instead of half a spool's worth when conditions call for it... I might try this out in a couple months when the water starts to warm.



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Posted February 07 2013 - 08:41 AM

I have filled my spool 1/4 full with cheap lines from walmart, 1000 yard for 5-6 bucks then tie braided line onto it. I will use FC leader if needed, and its been working pretty well for me.



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Posted February 07 2013 - 09:04 AM

I do as well. I use Cabelas mono. It's dirt cheap.


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Posted February 07 2013 - 09:22 AM

I have done it for years and never had a problem. On my flipping rods I only run about 30 yards of good line and the rest is filler. The line takes such a beating flipping heavy cover I replace it too often to use a half spool.

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Posted February 07 2013 - 09:34 AM

Does anyone else use cheap line to fill 1/4-1/2 of your spool before spooling on your main (more expensive line)? I don't see many people talk about this on here, but I buy some cheap mono (in my case BPS XPS mono) and I use this to fill half my spool before I spool my braid or fluorocarbon on.  With the cost of braid and especially FC these days, I feel like this saves me a ton of money in the long run. I've done this for years and I've never had a fish run on me enough to pull out some of the cheap line.  Just wondering how many other people do this or does everyone think this is just a waste of time with tying all the connection knots.

 

Absolutely yes! Agree with you.

 

I use "old" mono I have laying around. I'll wrap sometimes only approx 10 yards of mono before braid mainline. Sometimes I've done around 1/4 of the spool. Rarely more than that.


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Posted February 07 2013 - 09:39 AM

Absolutely yes! Agree with you.

I use "old" mono I have laying around. I'll wrap sometimes only approx 10 yards of mono before braid mainline. Sometimes I've done around 1/4 of the spool. Rarely more than that.


I do the same. I find spools of line that won't fill a spool on a reel and use that as a backing.

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Posted February 07 2013 - 09:58 AM

I do the same. I find spools of line that won't fill a spool on a reel and use that as a backing.

 

 

That's what I do too. I fill mine roughly 1/3 full with mono before spooling up with fluorocarbon.


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#9 Michael DiNardo

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Posted February 07 2013 - 11:09 AM

Mo' definitely I do this.  Heck, I do this with mono too.

 

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Posted February 07 2013 - 11:19 AM

Buy a smaller reel.

 

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#11 Jig Meister

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Posted February 07 2013 - 11:53 AM

yup I will buy the cheapest 10lb mono I can and back that for braid, only ever done this with braid though



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Posted February 07 2013 - 12:49 PM

All of my baitcasters have backing on them.  I put a piece of tape around the backing line.  After that I tie on just like I would tie to the spool.


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#13 rmcguirk

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Posted February 07 2013 - 01:25 PM

To save money, I also run whatever I have available as backing before putting on more expensive (and new) braid or FC.  I just found an older large spool of 20 lb mono.  Thoughts on whether that's too thick to use as good backing? 



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Posted February 07 2013 - 02:01 PM

Braid, yes.  Fluoro or copoly, no backing.  Cannot stand the bump from the knot under my thumb.  For some reason, you don't get a bump from the knot with braid.


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Posted February 07 2013 - 02:09 PM

A fellow fisherman gave me this tip while back and been doing it since, no issues.  Another pro angler that I have seen takes and strips 75 yards off and reties there and keeps doing this for a years.  Another tip was reversing the lines, especially with braid.  Since I try to use braid and FC leaders I don't go through my "main" line so much.  In the river I fish my line gets torn up and leaders don't last long, so this has worked out well.